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    Westport police have arrested a home health care aid who is accused of stealing $12,000 from an elderly client.

    Fantasia Best, 30, of Stratford, worked for the elderly victim from October 2015 to April 2016 and used the victim’s ATM card to withdraw money for herself several times, according to police.

    Police said they identified Best through help from the victim, as well as from ATM camera footage from the Bank of America at 1815 Post Road East.

    Police stopped Best on Jan. 6 and she was held on a $12,000 bond.

    She is due in court in Norwalk on Jan. 17 to answer to several charges, including third-degree identity theft, illegal use of credit card and second-degree larceny.



    Photo Credit: Westport Police

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    A 28-year-old Griswold father has been charged in connection with a crash in Groton on Halloween that killed his 4-year-old daughter and police said he was driving under the influence.

    David J. Ali, 28, of Griswold, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, as well as other charges in connection with the crash that killed his 4-year-old Delilah Ali.

    Police said the crash happened at 5:19 p.m. on Oct. 31 on Gold Star Highway, or Route 184, at Packer and Welles Road in the Town of Groton.

    As police investigated, they determined that David J. Ali was in a Toyota Camry, trying to turn from Gold Star Highway onto Packer Road, when he veered into the path of a BMW that struck him, police said.

    David Ali and his front seat passenger, Cheryl Mackin, were transported to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London with non-life-threatening injuries. LifeStar helicopter transported Delilah Ali from Lawrence & Memorial to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries and died the next afternoon, police said.

    David Ali has been charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs, risk of injury to a minor, reckless driving, reckless endangerment in the second degree, two counts of assault in the third degree, failure to grant right of way at intersection and making an improper turn.

    He turned himself in today and was held on a $250,000 bond. Police said no further arrests are expected.



    Photo Credit: Groton Police

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    First fire, then ice. Fire crews in Meriden faced multiple issues when there were called to a fire on South 2nd Street Monday night.

    According to Assistant Chief Robert Burdick, companies arrived to find flames toward the back on the home.

    “We found fire on the outside and a little on the inside of the back of the building by where the chimney is,” Burdick said.

    The home is currently under construction and Burdick says it was empty when the fire began. While Burdick says they extinguished the fire quickly and no injuries were reported, he also says cold conditions made their night difficult.

    “The water coming out of the hose just froze right on the ground,” Burdick said.

    Nimesh Patel is the owner of Old Dutch Liquor on the corner of South 2nd and Handover Street. When firefighters opened up the hydrant next to his shop, it took only seconds for the water spilling on his sidewalk, shop and apartment steps to freeze.

    “It’s very dangerous now I don’t know what to do now,” Patel said.

    He worked throughout the evening to put down salt to aid pedestrians but had concerns that would not be enough.

    “I mean I threw I don't know how many pounds here,” Patel said. “It is still icy I cannot help.”

    He turned to the firefighters for assistance and they joined him spreading sand along his corner. Crews also brought in a city sand truck to help prevent black ice from forming along the streets. 



    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Water from the Meriden fire hoses froze when it hit the ground, creating a dangerous layer of ice on South 2nd Street Monday night.Water from the Meriden fire hoses froze when it hit the ground, creating a dangerous layer of ice on South 2nd Street Monday night.

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    A man wanted for allegedly breaking into a vehicle and stealing weapons and a bullet-proof vest was last seen with a woman who was reported missing earlier this week, according to Milford police.

    Milford police have an active arrest warrant for Justin Parsell, 26, who is accused of breaking into a vehicle on Boothbay Street and stealing an M4 rifle, a level three ballistic vest and a pair of night vision goggles sometime in the early morning hours on Jan. 4.

    Milford police said the vehicle belongs to a Bridgeport police officer who lives in Milford.

    The items have been recovered but Parsell remains at large and police are concerned he may be trying to leave the state.

    He was last known to be with Madison Krieder, 18, of Milford, who has been reported missing. Police think the pair are dating.

    Parsell may have cut his hair since the picture above was taken, and has been seen in a small pickup with a covered bed.

    Anyone with information on Parsell or his whereabouts is asked to contact Milford police at 203-878-6551.



    Photo Credit: Milford Police Department

    Justin Parsell and Madison KriederJustin Parsell and Madison Krieder

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    The Senate lawmakers are set to hold a hearing on Russian's intelligence activities during the presidential election. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers and FBI Director James Comey are scheduled to testify.



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    File photo: FBI Director James Comey addresses the media after visiting with employees and other law enforcement officials, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Detroit.File photo: FBI Director James Comey addresses the media after visiting with employees and other law enforcement officials, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Detroit.

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    A president renowned for his soaring oratory, Barack Obama delivered plenty of memorable statements in eight years in the White House.

    NBC News collected 15 quotes that best capture his legacy as his tenure in the White House comes to a close.

    They cover everything from civil rights to the killing of Osama bin Laden to a roast of Donald Trump way back in 2011.

    It all started in Chicago on Election Night in 2008, when he told supporters in Grant Park: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."



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    President-elect Barack Obama waves to the crowd in Chicago's Grant Park on November 4, 2008, after defeating Republican Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, to become the first African-American elected president. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)President-elect Barack Obama waves to the crowd in Chicago's Grant Park on November 4, 2008, after defeating Republican Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, to become the first African-American elected president. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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    Crews responded to Gardner Lake in Montville after a person fell through the ice and EMS is evaluating the person at the scene, according to Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications.

    Crews from Oakdale, Salem and Bozrah are assisting, according to dispatchers.

    No additional information was immediately available.

    LifeStar medical transport helicopter was put on standby.

    Check back for updates.



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    Hartford police made a major drug and gun bust on Tuesday that they said could be connected to the notorious gang, the Latin Kings. 

    Detectives from the vice and narcotics unit raided 133 Hungerford St. to investigate gun violence and drug trafficking complaints related to heroin overdose deaths and seized guns, drugs, a Latin Kings gang manifesto, electronic counter surveillance equipment and cash, police said. 

    Police said they arrested three people and seized two handguns, including one that was stolen from Manchester; 193 rounds of various ammunition; two ballistics vests; 410 bags of fentanyl-lased heroin; 3.3 grams of powdered heroin; 18.5 grams of crack cocaine and $1,849 in cash. 

    Police arrested 40-year-old Herbert Alonso, of New Britain, and charged him with possession narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating with a suspended license. 

    They charged 44-year-old Cynthia Jordan, of New Britain, with possession of narcotics and they charged 37-year-old Khadafi Castro, of Hartford, with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell narcotic on operating without a license. 

    “You do see those manifestos printed out and hanging around,” Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said. “Often times you see them written by hand, actually they make people write them out by hand, so the fact that it's a hard copy like that it'd be interesting to have a look at it.” 



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    Yale University will announce in February whether or not it will change the name of Calhoun College, something students and community activists have called for because the man the building is named after was a supporter of slavery

    “I expect to receive the advisors’ recommendation soon and will then bring it to Yale’s board of trustees (formally called the Yale Corporation). The trustees and I will make a final decision, both on the question of whether to remove John C. Calhoun’s name from the residential college that bears it, and—if that question is answered in the affirmative—on the name that would replace Calhoun’s. I expect these matters to be discussed and decided upon in February,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in the statement.

    Students who oppose keeping the name of the school have launched protests and a university employee in 2016 smashed a stained glass window in the Calhoun College dining hall that depicted slaves. He was charged, but those charges were later dropped and Yale rehired the employee in a new role.

    In September, Yale created the committee of faculty, alumni and students to come up with principles to guide the university on renaming campus buildings.

    In a letter to the Yale community on Monday, Salovey wrote that a report from the Committee to Establish Principals on Renaming “establishes a strong presumption against changing building names and articulates a set of principles to apply when a renaming is considered.”



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    Yale University's Calhoun College was built in 1933 in collegiate gothic style architecture.Yale University's Calhoun College was built in 1933 in collegiate gothic style architecture.

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    Two U.S. officials with direct knowledge told NBC News on Tuesday that briefing materials prepared for President-elect Trump included information that initially circulated among Trump opponents and was passed to U.S. intelligence agencies making damaging allegations about his dealings with Russians.

    The information has not been verified by U.S. agencies.



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    FILE - President-elect Donald Trump.FILE - President-elect Donald Trump.

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    NOTE: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream of the speech beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday right here.

    With just ten days left in his second term as president, Barack Obama returns to Chicago Tuesday to deliver one final speech as commander in chief.

    Obama planned to reflect on his origins as a community organizer on the South Side who witnessed "the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss." He argues change is only possible "when ordinary people get involved" and join forces to demand progress.

    Eight years later, "I still believe that," Obama said in an excerpt of his speech released by the White House.

    It's a fitting bookend to what he started in Chicago. It was in this city that he taught constitutional law, registered voters, ran for office and started a family. More than 20 years after a young Obama first arrived in Chicago, it was here in Grant Park that he stepped onstage to deliver his victory speech as America’s first black president.

    "For Michelle and me, Chicago is where it all started," Obama wrote in a Facebook post just hours before he was set to arrive in the city. "It’s the city that showed us the power and fundamental goodness of the American people."

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife were also traveling to Chicago for the speech at McCormick Place, a sprawling convention center along Lake Michigan.

    Thousands waited in line for hours in freezing temperatures in hopes of securing tickets to witness Obama's parting remarks — a farewell tradition dating back to George Washington. It is a chance to highlight achievements, perhaps even issue a warning, and reflect on what has changed since assuming office.

    Calls for change became a rallying cry that carried him into office, and ironically ushered in the successor he so vigorously campaigned against, President-elect Donald Trump.

    Change was an integral theme of not only his administration, but in his own life as well.

    He’s the first to crack a joke about his hair lightening over the past eight years, or to reflect on how quickly his daughters, who we met as young children begging their father for a puppy, have grown into women before his very eyes. But as the Obama family has evolved over his time in office, so too, of course, has the world – and in particular, the city he calls home. 

    Obama will be addressing a very different Chicago on Tuesday than he left in 2008, one that is far bloodier than the city that lifted its son to the White House. Chicago saw at least 762 homicides and more than 4,331 shooting victims in 2016 – the highest number in not only his eight years in office, but the most in two decades, according to police.

    “What is it about Chicago that has caused an increase in homicides that we’re just not seeing in most other big cities across the country?” he mused to NBC5’s Carol Marin in a one-on-one interview last week. “It appears to be a combination of factors, the nature of gang structures or lack of structure in Chicago, the way police are allocated, in some cases the need for more police, the ease of accessibility of guns, pockets of poverty that are highly segregated,” he added.

    And as he speaks Tuesday, the Justice Department is preparing to release a report on the Chicago Police Department following a year-long probe launched after dashcam video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released, sparking public outcry and calls for Obama’s former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel to resign his post as Chicago’s mayor.

    Reflecting once again on the city’s spike in violence, Obama said, “I don’t think that there’s one reason and I don’t think there’s a silver bullet answer to it, but I do think it will be incumbent on all of us to really work on this.”

    Chicagoans, and the nation, can expect more of that rhetoric – less of a victory lap, and more of a call-to-action as his successor prepares to take office. 

    As he did in his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, throughout his term, and again in the days following the 2016 presidential election, Obama will likely deliver a plea for unity on Tuesday.

    “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes,” he said in the 2004 speech that propelled him into the national spotlight. “Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America.”

    And the morning after the 2016 election, he asked the public to “remember that we're actually all on one team.”

    “We’re not Democrats first, we're not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country,” he added.

    As Republicans move forward with plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, his chief legislative accomplishment, it’s unclear what specific policies will remain of Obama’s legacy. But over the years, he has made his hope in America’s promise well known – a hope he will likely reiterate for the final time in Chicago.

    "I'll be thinking back to being a young community organizer, pretty much fresh out of school, and feeling as if my faith in America's ability to bring about change in our democracy has been vindicated," Obama said in a White House video previewing his speech.

    “The two things I take away from this office are number one, that change can happen, and the system to will respond to ordinary people coming together to try to move the country in a better direction,” he added. “And the second thing I’ll take away from this experience is the fundamental goodness of the American people, all of whom are pouring their heart and soul into making their communities work better, supporting their families and moving this country forward, keeping it safe. It gives you a lot of confidence about our prospects for the future.”

    The tenth anniversary of Obama’s Springfield speech announcing his candidacy will arrive exactly one month from tonight’s farewell – a moment of reflection that will likely leave many wondering what the next four, eight and ten years may bring.



    Photo Credit: Pete Souza/The White House

    "We had just arrived at the helicopter landing zone in Chicago and instead of walking right to the motorcade, the President and First Lady walked past their vehicle to the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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    Excerpts from President Obama's farewell address Tuesday in Chicago, as prepared for delivery.

    "I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. It was in neighborhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it."

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    "For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, pushed women to reach for the ballot, powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well."

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    "The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in fifty years. And if anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system – that covers as many people at less cost – I will publicly support it. That, after all, is why we serve – to make people’s lives better, not worse."

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    "All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves."

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    "Take the challenge of climate change. In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil, doubled our renewable energy, and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet. But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects: environmental disasters, economic disruptions, and waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary."

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    "To all who serve, it has been the honor of my lifetime to be your Commander-in-Chief. But protecting our way of life requires more than our military. Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, and reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans."

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    "Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. When voting rates are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should make it easier, not harder, to vote. When trust in our institutions is low, we should reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics, and insist on the principles of transparency and ethics in public service.

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    "If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in."

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    "My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

    I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.

    I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

    Yes We Can.

    Yes We Did.

    Yes We Can.

    Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America." 



    Photo Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    President Barack Obama waves as he speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.President Barack Obama waves as he speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

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    Alyson Michalek and her siblings wanted to do something special for their parents.

    For Christmas in 2013, they bought a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride from Soaring Adventures of America in Wilton. 

    Michalek’s parents scheduled their balloon ride for the following spring, but the appointment ended up being canceled due to the weather. They decided to try again in the fall.

    "And then it didn't happen the first year, so we thought ok, next spring. And then next fall. And then the next spring. And then the next fall. And it just kept being canceled," Michalek said.

    Their most recent appointment was set for August 2016. But Michalek said her parents got another cancellation call.

    Michalek’s mother was willing to give the business one more chance. The business owner promised to call during the first week of September to reschedule.

    When that call didn’t come, Michalek tried calling Soaring Adventures herself. But she said her call was never returned.

    So her next call was to NBC Connecticut Responds.

    Our consumer team reached out to Soaring Adventures, which agreed to refund the $332 cost of the gift certificate.

    Michalek said an apology letter from the owner was included with the check, explaining that business took a hit following a deadly ballooning accident in Texas in 2016. But Michalek said that doesn’t explain the first two years of cancelled appointments.

    "Three years is more than enough time to make good on your promise," she said.

    Michalek is disappointed her parents will never get that balloon ride. Her father is no longer well enough to go.

    “To document it and have pictures of them floating over Connecticut, that's what we were looking forward to. Not a refund check," she said.

    Now she hopes her parents can put the money toward a new adventure.

    Soaring Adventures declined to comment on the case.



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    Sixty-eight years after the U.S. Air Force dismissed now 91-year-old Ed Spires because of his sexual orientation, he can finally say he was discharged honorably from the military.

    “If I didn’t accomplish this before I died,” Spires said, “no one else was going to.”

    Spires enlisted in 1946 and he served as a chaplain’s assistant at an Air Force base in San Antonio.

    His supervisors didn’t learn about his sexual orientation, Spires said, until another military member mistook a sparkly Halloween costume for dressing in drag.

    “That new Oxydol Sparkle,” he said of his costume, “that’s how I’m going to go to the party.”

    Spires said his supervisors wanted to make an example out of him before the Air Force kicked him out in 1948.

    “And most of that time I was being prosecuted in one way or the other on the base,” he said.

    Spires said he is thankful President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at the end of 2010.

    “If it hadn’t been for that,” he said, “I’d still be under that cloud.”

    In November, the Yale Veterans Legal Services Clinic announced a federal lawsuit against the Air Force for not having already changed Spire’s discharge status, despite numerous efforts.

    “The news media brought this to worldwide attention,” Spires said, “it’s all over the country, I’ve gotten calls from everywhere.”

    Spires longtime spouse David Rosenberg spoke on his behalf at the news conference because he had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia.

    “I was at death’s door,” he said, “knocking on the door, but nobody answered thank goodness.”

    Now, Spires hopes his story can inspire other gay veterans seeking the same justice.

    “I know it can be done and all you got to do is have the fortitude, the hang-on ability to be knocked down 15 times and get up again,” he said.



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    Hartford Public Schools may have no choice but to layoff teachers and staff in order to address a gaping budget hole.

    For the 2018 fiscal year the system is facing a nearly $20 million shortfall, and system officials say they're looking at what they describe as a menu of options in order to address.

    Layoffs are merely a possibility for now.

    Overall, as many as 200 positions could be eliminated across support staff and classroom positions, based on current estimates.

    "The positions identified during the presentation were meant to represent the scope of the potential cuts in 'what if' scenarios as illustrations of the impact of the fiscal crisis at the state and city level, as well as other factors such as increased costs and decreased funding," said superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez in a statement.

    The funding issues are related to sagging revenues at both the state and city level. The state heavily funds Hartford Public Schools, but it faces a $1.5 billion shortfall, and the city faces a $20 million shortfall this year and a projected $50 million shortfall next year. The governor did say last week he wants to rework the state's education funding formula to help cities like Hartford that need more assistance than more affluent towns.

    Andrea Johnson, the president of the Hartford Federation of Teachers, the union that represents teachers across the system, said she was, "blindsided," by the news that hundreds of teachers could lose their jobs.

    "It sent a chill down our spine," Johnson said during a phone interview Tuesday. "To see this and not have any prior notice is troubling."

    Johnson said she spoke with Torres-Rodriguez Tuesday morning and said the result of that conversation was that there would be better communication between the union and the school system.

    Johnson said the union has also provided concessions in recent years like freezing wages and keeping benefit packages stable, which she says she hopes would be helpful in fending off layoffs.

    Torres-Rodriguez is urging caution and restraint when it comes to conclusions about layoffs. She says some positions may be eliminated if someone leaves a job or retires, which, in those cases, would not lead to job losses.

    "The budget process has not identified actual position eliminations yet, as the process is just launching. Instead, the budget process at the school level, involving the School Governance Councils, will identify priorities and any position eliminations, which may result in layoffs. It is premature to identify the number of layoffs for any position in the district.”



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    The developer who had been aggressively pitching Connecticut's two federally recognized Native American tribes a location for their location, lashed out at them Tuesday, for passing on his site as a location for the state's third casino.

    Tony Ravosa, with Silver Lane Partners LLC, rattled off a list of reasons as to why his proposal in East Hartford is superior to the remaining sites in East Windsor and Windsor Locks.

    “At 283,000 vehicles a day, this is the most heavily trafficked interchange in the entire state of Connecticut," Ravosa told reporters a press conference in Hartford. “We are located twelve to fifteen miles closer to the state’s population hubs north of Hartford, logically yielding to greater trip frequency.”

    He even said the East Hartford location, that he envisioned with a hotel and other commercial development was, "unmatched."

    Ravosa said he's not done with his efforts to develop his site. He says he has a vision that is greater than just one location.

    “In short, development of the third casino must be a building block and a catalyst for other ancillary economic development initiatives and not merely cast as an island unto itself.”

    Connecticut's two tribes that operate tribes, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan, announced last week that East Hartford was eliminated from consideration. Hartford and South Windsor were also eliminated.

    The Connecticut General Assembly will have the final say on whether to approve a third casino, one that would be operated jointly by the two tribes, but it would be located on a commercial, not reservation property.

    In a statement, Andrew Doba, speaking on behalf of both tribes, said Ravosa's claims amount to sour grapes, and a bitterness that he won't receive a financial windfall from a lucrative development project.

    "With all due respect to Mr. Ravosa, he believes East Hartford is the best site because he has the option on the land, and it would have been good for him personally if East Hartford was selected," Doba said. He added that the goal with a third casino remains to "protect Connecticut jobs and revenue."

    MGM has also attacked the process by which a location will be picked, arguing that the tribes have been allowed to operate in secret, as they've decided the steps for where another casino should be located.

    Ravosa says he tends to agree with MGM's argument, and urged lawmakers to step in where they should.

    “The General Assembly should not simply abdicate to MMCT’s wishes based purely on their say-so.”



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    The Ledyard Police Department is considering hiring more officers as a solution to its overtime budget problem. 

    "It's a real challenge,” said Ledyard Police Chief John Rich about the department’s issue.

    This fiscal year the Ledyard Police Department was allotted $143,500 dollars for overtime. But with two officers out for work-related injuries, they’ve already spent about $159,007, and it’s only half way through the fiscal year, according to Rich.

    "This current fiscal year, there won't be sufficient funds in other parts of our budget to cover (the spending),” Rich said.

    Plus overtime costs could rise between $247,125 and $296,550 before the fiscal year is out, he added.

    That’s why Rich is working with the town's finance committee and exploring the option of hiring another officer or two. Rich said right now there aren't enough officers to cover extended absences without significantly deepening the overtime budget even further.

    Mayor Michael Finkelstein, who was a Ledyard officer for 26 years, said there is merit to the idea and it's worth crunching the numbers.

    “You can do more traffic, more enhanced enforcement type things, more proactive policing,” he said.

    Depending on the candidate – experience and whether a family benefit package is needed -- another officer could approximately cost between $73,000 and $95,000, according to Rich.

    People who live in town said more police is a good thing.

    “I don't mind. The more police the better,” said Irene Blazas of Ledyard.

    “It would make me feel safer,” said Roland Foster of Ledyard.

    Rich says right now it's about figuring out what the most cost effective option is.

    “I think that's kind of what we're struggling with: What is the tipping point?"

    Ledyard Police said the town’s finance committee will look at the proposal again on Wednesday Jan. 18 and decide how to move forward. That plan would then go to the town council.



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    The Russian government denied unverified reports Wednesday that it has compromising information about Donald Trump, dismissing the claims as a "total hoax."

    Two U.S. officials told NBC News that briefing materials prepared for Trump included damaging allegations, which have not been verified by American intelligence agencies, about his dealings with Russians.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected these allegations out of hand.

    "The Kremlin does not have compromising information about Trump," he said, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS. "It's a total hoax, absolute fabrication and utter nonsense. The Kremlin does not collect compromising information."



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    There was a heavy police presence on Marshall Street in West Haven Wednesday morning as police executed search and arrest warrants, police said.

    Police said the department’s Special Response Team and Detectives were on scene around 6 a.m. They stressed that no residents were in danger and that police would clear up shortly.

    No other details were immediately available but West Haven police said they would provide an update later Wednesday.

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    A man who was shot in Bridgeport in December died on New Year's Day after weeks in the hospital, city officials said.

    Alexander Davis, 23, was shot while he was walking on Brooks Street near the intersection of Jane Street on Dec. 11.

    Davis’s death is the first homicide of 2017. No arrests have been made in the case. Police continue to investigate.


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